I’ve really been into cocktails lately. Actually, since I had an amazing G&T in England back in March. Followed by a visit to a gin bar and my first Pimm’s Cup this past summer. I also had some amazing cocktails at Maria Loca and Le Mary Celeste in Paris and have even made a few at home. So it was really a nice surprise when Savory Cocktails by Greg Henry, author of the blog SippitySup, arrived at my door. Just in time to make some for Thanksgiving!
With almost 100 distilled beverage recipes, Henry creates an adventurous array of alcoholic delights. His recipes have you using everything from classic liqueurs to innovative homemade bitters. Each of the recipes offer a glimpse at an era of elegant sophistication. They are stylish and complex-flavored cocktails. Serious beverages that are seriously good.
The book is broken down into chapters where the focus is on sour, spicy, herbal, umami, bitter, smoky, rich, and strong. As with any cookbook, each recipe demands a bit of preparation and time…these are not just cocktails to be thrown together at the last minute. There is a certain passion behind infusing flavors and creating your own simple syrups or bitters. Be prepared to invest the time needed for each one well in advance. Despite all this, these tasty tipples are well worth the wait.
With it’s moody yet glamorous photography, the book could easily entice you to try and make all of these beverages at home. Or, better yet, head to your favorite bartender and have them recreate these for you. You won’t be sorry!
The first recipe I tried actually comes from Linda Miller Nicholson, author of the blog, Salty Seattle, who contributed it Savory Cocktails. A spicy, refreshing Green Gargoyle. With cucumber, cilantro and jalapeno, this is a sassy, South of the Border sipper!
And because I have a new affinity to Pimm’s, I could not pass up the opportunity to try the Pimm’s Cup Up. This pumped up version of a traditional Pimm’s Cup adds a bit of zing with ginger and ginger liqueur. Plus the ribbons of cucumbers just adds an extra flair. I could drink these all day.
Admittedly, I did not choose to make my own syrups or bitters this time. But the list of cocktails I’d love to make from Savory Cocktails is long and I imagine I will delve into the infusions at another, less hectic time in life- or when I really want to impress! Like Thanksgiving. Or New Year’s.
Whether you are new to the cocktail scene or a seasoned pro, this book is among the “must haves” for your home or bar library. It’ll have you shaking up, stirring and muddling your own Savory Cocktails in no time!
Click to buy the book! It would make a great gift this holiday season for your favorite bartender…at home or otherwise!
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book to review. As always, the thoughts and opinions are my own.
PSA: Please drink responsibly! Don’t drink and drive and never get into a car with someone who does. Buckle up. It saves lives. And by all means, take a taxi if you have had too much to drink! Better yet, stay home and make your own!